At the PlayStation Experience in September, Sony shocked the world by finally revealing the long-rumored The Last of Us: Part 2, featuring an older Ellie and a return to the grim world of post-apocalyptic USA. While our next look at The Last of Us: Part 2 may not come until Sony's E3 2017 press conference, one new piece of information on the highly anticipated game has been revealed in the meantime. Shannon Woodward, an actress known for her roles in Raising Hope and HBO's Westworld, will be appearing in the game in an unknown role.
Woodward made the announcement herself on Twitter, posting a photo of herself in a motion capture suit alongside Neil Druckmann, the game's director. Further details on Woodward's role in the game are unavailable at this time, but if The Last of Us: Part 2 makes an appearance at E3, it's possible her character will be revealed then.
With Woodward joining The Last of Us: Part 2 team, she is being reunited with writer Halley Gross, who worked with Woodward on Westworld. It's unclear if Gross played a part in landing Woodward her role in The Last of Us: Part 2, but it does seem as though someone at Naughty Dog thinks highly of the show.
Naughty Dog's apparent admiration for Westworld aside, it will be interesting to see what kind of character Woodward is playing in the game. The original Last of Us was filled with well-written, complex characters that served both as allies to Joel and Ellie as well as antagonists, and so expectations are high for the sequel.
Considering this, Woodward's character is unlikely to fall into black and white categories of "good" and "evil." At this point, though, all fans can do is speculate about her role in the game and what the motivations of her character might be, as Naughty Dog is staying tight-lipped on the matter for now.
Come E3 2017 in June, more details on The Last of Us: Part 2 should become clearer. It's possible fans will even get their first look at the gameplay, but if not, hopefully whatever Naughty Dog shares at least offers more details on the story, like Woodward's character and how she fits into the narrative.
The Last of Us: Part 2 is in development for PlayStation 4.